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Don’t know what to do about TA and her behaviour

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RickOShay Fri 02-Feb-18 22:02:49

I work in a primary school in a lowly position. On two separate occasions I have seen a TA manhandle children in Year one, so children of five or six. She pulled one child off the ground by his wrist because he pushed into the queue and another child she pulled back by the hood of her coat when she turned away while the TA was telling her off.
Should I take this further?

leccybill Fri 02-Feb-18 22:04:00

Yes, absolutely. Please tell the Headteacher first thing Monday.
What you describe sounds completely unacceptable.

PurpleDaisies Fri 02-Feb-18 22:04:23

Yes, you need to talk to someone in a position of authority, either the head or the person who manages the TAs.

Snowysky20009 Fri 02-Feb-18 22:04:31

Yes, it should have been reported to the head immediately though.

Beeziekn33ze Fri 02-Feb-18 22:04:48

Yes, as leccybill says

T1M2N3T4 Fri 02-Feb-18 22:08:04

Write it all down in detail snd give it to the head when you tell them. Keep a copy for yourself to refresh your memory for the future (in case it happens again or you're not satisfied with the action taken and you need to.go higher)

RickOShay Fri 02-Feb-18 22:10:12

Thank you. I am not popular among the TAs, or indeed the teachers as we do not see eye to eye. Is it something she could potentially lose her job over?

PurpleDaisies Fri 02-Feb-18 22:15:01

What sort of things are you falling out with them over?

Whatever’s gone on before, you need to report this.

RickOShay Fri 02-Feb-18 22:19:22

Their attitude towards the children.

Redwineistasty Fri 02-Feb-18 22:20:28

Erm, so she should lose her job

RickOShay Fri 02-Feb-18 22:22:14

She really doesn’t like me.

happy2bhomely Fri 02-Feb-18 22:22:51

You should report it.

I have reported similar but as a parent. I witnessed it along with another parent. I didn't want her sacked or anything but did suggest that she needed to be told that it was not acceptable.

The letter I got back from the head said that he refused to believe the incident happened and he would back his staff every time. He said she was experienced and had received training and he wouldn't take it any further.

The staff closed ranks. Another teacher said she was there when she wasn't and that the incident didn't happen.

I never sent my dc back to the school.

PurpleDaisies Fri 02-Feb-18 22:24:43

It shouldn’t matter whether she likes you or not.

RickOShay Fri 02-Feb-18 22:25:11

I have fallen out with this TA because she rings the bell too early, so the children miss 5 to 10 mins of lunchtime, and while queuing and waiting to go into class they are bored and start being a bit unruly.
I have spoken to the headteacher about this.

Calvinlookingforhobbs Fri 02-Feb-18 22:25:41

Do you really need to ask? Part of your role, lowly or not, is to ensure the safety of CHILDREN. These little people reply on adults to DO THE RIGHT thing. This is your responsibility. You have witnessed abuse and you need to act. Bad things happen when good people do nothing.

PurpleDaisies Fri 02-Feb-18 22:27:20

I don’t see how that’s relevant to the situation in the slightest.

RickOShay Fri 02-Feb-18 22:28:23

That doesn’t surprise me Happy.
I agree Purple, she can fill her boots with her dislike, but it somehow makes it harder.

PurpleDaisies Fri 02-Feb-18 22:29:01

Posted too soon. You’ve brought up that you’ve fallen out with them before, but whatever’s happened you’ve witnessed what you say is a Ta being rough with a child. There’s no justification for letting that go without reporting.

Deshasafraisy Fri 02-Feb-18 22:29:17

Definitely report her.

PurpleDaisies Fri 02-Feb-18 22:29:50

I don’t get why it makes anything harder. If you liked her, surely it would be worse to have to report a friend.

ReanimatedSGB Fri 02-Feb-18 22:30:33

Do you think there is a 'culture' of unkindness towards children in the school, that the HT is either ignoring or accepting? If you don't get anywhere reporting to the HT, go to the governors, and if the governors are no help, go to the LA. Sounds like the school needs an Ofsted safeguarding audit...

Wildflowerfloosy Fri 02-Feb-18 22:31:18

Without a doubt you must report. This is a safeguarding matter.
Report and document carefully.
Good luck

RickOShay Fri 02-Feb-18 22:31:53

I often email the headteacher, who is actually ok, the deputy hates me though, which makes it difficult.

AskBasil Fri 02-Feb-18 22:32:47

"The letter I got back from the head said that he refused to believe the incident happened and he would back his staff every time. "

I hope you've still got the letter.

Send it to OFSTED.

Any HT who would back his staff every time, is not fit to be in charge of children.

NewYearNewMe18 Fri 02-Feb-18 22:32:50

It isn't the HT yo go to, it is the appointed safeguarding officer, who is probably the deputy head.

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